Want a desert landscape plant that looks good and doesn’t ask much from you? This desert plant requires minimal care and just as little water. But, discount cialis watch where you plant it! It can have deadly sharp leaves. So, keep it away from drives, walkways, and areas where kids or pets play. What is this great desert plant…its the Agave of course! I’m sure many of you knew I was going to say that.
Like cactus, agaves grow naturally in the Sonoran desert and are well suited to our extreme summer heat. They’ve adapted thick leaves to help hold in water for times when water is scarce. Their main defense against animals eating it is sharp, pointed leaves often with razor hooked teeth along the leaves.
Another small agave that I love is the Twin-Flowered Agave (Agave geminiflora). This one is dark green and does not have hooked leaves though the leaves are sharp. This agave is native to west central Mexico. It gets to about 3’x3′ and has very thin leaves. I’ve planted this agave in a pot and it does very well.
A large agave that gets it’s name from the way it looks is the Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana). This large agave can get to 5′ tall and needs a space large enough to spread out. The leaves are smooth and round down to a shape that looks like octopus arms. It has a light green leaf. This agave does not grow offshoots or pups but can grow plantlets from the stalk itself.
There are over 200 varieties of agave. One of the most well-known is the Blue Agave that is used to make tequila. Agave nectar is used as a sugar substitute. And, the fibers from the agave leaves can be dried and used as rope.
This versatile desert plant has many uses and makes a great desert landscape plant. You can buy them in your local nursery or grow them yourself from the pups or plantlets. They come in a variety of shades of green and many can be found in a variegated leaf. For more detailed information about agaves check out the Desert Tropicals website. And, visit our Facebook Fan page to see what we’re up to!